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How To Get From Ohrid To Skopje (& Skopje To Ohrid), North Macedonia
Macedonia is a beautiful country, and it’s pretty easy to travel around, thanks to its small size. It’s always a great idea to check out as much of a country as you can wherever you visit, and thankfully, when you visit this particular place, you have some fantastic opportunities for a two-center break or even more.
Two of the most famous spots in the country are the beach resort of Ohrid and the capital, Skopje. They’re located as far away from one another as you can get in terms of the country’s landmass, but when you consider that’s only 180km, you can see how easy it is.
So, why would you want to visit these two places, to begin with?
Skopje is the capital, which means it’s full of places to visit, culture, shopping, and fun to be had. It’s also a gorgeous spot, as the Kale Fortress looks down on the city center. This is an ancient city too, which has been inhabited since as far back as 4000BC.
Ohrid is a beach resort in the south that’s famous for beautiful sand and sea, as well as 365 churches, one for each day of the year! Sitting on Lake Ohrid, it’s a stunning place to visit, and it will certainly fill up your camera roll.
So, how to get from Ohrid to Skopje, and of course, back again?
There are no direct train routes between the two destinations, so your main options are driving, bus, or perhaps a taxi if you want to save time and effort.
Ohrid to Skopje & Skopje to Ohrid By Car
The easiest and most scenic way to get from Ohrid to Skopje, and of course, back again, is by car. You can hire a car very quickly and drive yourself. It’s only 180km between the two, and you’ll literally get to see the entire length of the country.
From Ohrid, simply take the E65 road and then the A2 all the way up to Skopje. This is the quickest and shortest route, and the roads are safe and easy to follow.
Of course, if you’re hiring a car, make sure that you have your international driving license papers with you and your passport. You’ll also need to take out comprehensive insurance on the car for your journey.
On your return trip, simply reverse the instructions – take the A2 and then the E65 down into Ohrid.
Ohrid to Skopje By Bus
Your next option, and probably the cheapest, is to take the bus from Ohrid to Skopje and back again. There are regular links between the two destinations, and buses leave Ohrid every hour and back in the opposite direction. A one-way ticket will cost you just 9 Euros, or you can book a return for 14 Euros and save a little.
The only downside is that the bus journey will take longer, at around 3 hours, and will depend upon traffic too. The bus stops several times along the way and will stop for an extended break halfway along at Straza.
You can catch the bus from the center of Ohrid and again, at the main bus station in Skopje when you return. The final bus leaves late in the afternoon.
Ohrid to Skopje & Skopje to Ohrid By Taxi
Your final option isn’t the cheapest and probably not the most realistic, but if you don’t want to travel by bus and you’re not a fan of driving, you could opt for a long-distance taxi. This should cost you no more than 80 Euros one way, but check with the driver beforehand and set your price.
Different companies may charge different prices, and you’ll have to negotiate. However, it’s an excellent way to sit down and chill out en route while not having to drive or wait longer for the bus.